For many, the term Gov 2.0 describes the use of social media tools as a communication and consultation channel between citizens, customers and stakeholders. We share the view of many thought leaders that is broader; that Gov 2.0 is about a type of ’systemic connectedness’ – a willingness and capacity to transform the business of government (and governance) through the connective power of the net… connecting across agency silos, between policy and program delivery, between levels of government, and between government and citizens.
Examples of themes to be explored include:
• Online engagement
• Service delivery
• Social government
• Social tools
• Citizen 2.0
In a special live recording of a panel session at CeBIT Gov 2.0 Conference in Australia’s capital city Canberra, facilitator John Wells leads an interactive panel discussion on how a culture of Gov 2.0 impacts the relationship of citizens to government, and within government; the connections between e-government, social media and open government as well as the risks, rewards, and potential of open and connected government.
In times of austerity and change, social technologies and new forms of collaboration enable governments, industry and citizens to create new opportunities and solve problems. In this special 2-part interview with Zachary Tumin from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Centre, we look at how all parts of society can collaborate to innovate.
When the Government of British Columbia in Canada released their Government 2.0 Strategy, it built on their social communication experience during two key ‘catalyst events’: the H1N1 virus pandemic and the 2010 Winter Olympics.
How ready are citizens to be part of a more connected public space? Where is the UK heading in citizen participation? Ahead of CITIZEN2012 in London, conference organiser Jeffrey Peel – with guest speakers Andy Williamson of Future Digital and David Moody of Kana – discuss building the democratic commons, including tools and trends in next-generation government/citizen engagement.
Dr Don Lenihan – Vice-President, Engagement, at Canada’s Public Policy Forum – explores the breadth of issues and some of the common misconceptions around engagement and co-design, including “who” needs to be engaged and “how”.
We talk with Alan Silberberg of Silberberg Innovations about GovCamps and other unconference format events, including the third annual Gov 2.0 LA gathering organised by Alan in association with Pepperdine University in Malibu.